Jane Nygood Plum

JanePlumJane Nygood Plum, 92 of Normal, IL, passed away at 2:00am at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Normal, IL on May 1, 2016.

Services will be at 11:30am on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Church 1613 East Emerson Street, Bloomington, IL 61701. Rev. Lynnda White will officiate. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Humane Society of Central Illinois, 423 North Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761; The Unitarian Universalist Church, 1613 East Emerson Street, Bloomington, IL 61701; or to the Moses Montefiore Temple, 102 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington, IL 61701. Cremation services were provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Jane was born on February 5, 1924 in New York City, NY., the daughter of Samuel C. and Hannah Harriet Levi Nygood. She married Abram Marcellus Plum in 1955; he preceded her in death in 2002.

Surviving is her son, Marc A. Plum, Woodbury, CT.

She trained in ballet, modern dance, and Spanish dance in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Ballet Theater School, and the Robert Joffrey School. Jane performed professionally in the touring companies of “The Merry Widow”, “Brigadoon”, and “Finian’s Rainbow”.

In New York City she danced in a production of “Good News” at the “Equity Library Theater”, also with many modern dance companies in concerts throughout the city.

Moving to Bloomington, IL in 1965, she began teaching ballet at the Y.W.C.A., was a founding member of the Twin City Dance Association and the Twin City Ballet. She performed there as Grandmother, in the “Nutcracker, witch in “La Sylphide”, and nurse in “Romeo and Juliet”.

Several of her students became professional dancers.

As choreographer she created “Young Concert Dancers”, a children’s performing group. She with other dancers participated in Abram M. Plum’s faculty recitals at Illinois Wesleyan University using his compositions, here and elsewhere.

Jane also performed and choreographed musicals at Community Players Theatre, and was a member of “Young at Heartland” senior acting group.

Jane has a conferred Bachelor of Art Degree from Northwestern State University, Louisiana; and her Masters in Arts in French, from Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

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Laverna Marie Kearfott

Laverna Marie Kearfott, 83, of Pawnee, IL, formerly of Bloomington, IL, passed away at 3:27am at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL on May, 1, 2016.

Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Services will be on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:00am at the memorial home with Rev. Gary Ballard officiating. Interment will be at the Hinthorn Cemetery, Lake Bloomington, IL.

Surviving are two children; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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John Norman Bagosy Jr.

BagosyphotoJohn Norman Bagosy Jr. 67, of Normal passed away at 1:10 PM on Sunday April 24, 2016 at Heritage Health in Normal after a forty year battle with cancer.
There will be a funeral service for John at 10 am on Friday April 29, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Andy Johnson will officiate.

Visitation will be held for John Thursday April 28, 2016 at the funeral home from 5-¬7 pm. Interment will take place at Funks Grove Cemetery in McLean.
Military rites will be conducted by both active duty Army and the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

John was born March 19, 1949 in Bloomington to John Norman and June Lawson Bagosy. He married Kathryn Sue Biscart on August 12, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She preceded him in death on October 18, !984 in Phoenix, Arizona. He later married Tonda Coone in Peoria. She resides in Normal and he was blessed to have her in his life.

He is also survived by four children, Marcy (Thomas) Cavalier of Enterprise, Alabama, John Norman (Lori) Bagosy III of Scottsdale, AZ, Myles Martinson of Nashville, TN and Scarcey (Tom) Card of Danville, IL as well as two grandchildren Carson and Cameron Cavalier. He is also survived by one sister Tina Roberts of Minier, a niece Christen Roberts of Chicago and a nephew Jesse Roberts of Watertown, New York.

After high school John served six years in the United States Army serving two tours of duty in Vietnam where he served with the 68th Assault Helicopter Company as a door gunner. He was awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with the Bronze Star, Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He then returned to the States where he was a drill sergeant for two years at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. In 1973 he was honorably discharged having reached the rank of staff sergeant. He was a true Patriot and loved his country dearly.

After the military he started his real estate career with Century 21 Baumgart and Sopper where he was awarded the Top Associate of the Year Award in 1978. He enjoyed a career in real estate for 25 years. John attended Eastview Christian Church in Normal and was a past member of the American Pilots Association, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of both the local VFW and American Legion. He was also a member of the National Association of Realtors and a member of the Bloomington Normal Association of Realtors. John enjoyed participating in the Patriot Guard Riders and truly loved telling stories about his life, riding his Harley and traveling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomington Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

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Brandon E. Copes

Brandon CopesBrandon E. Copes, 29 of Eureka, died at 1:32 AM on Monday April 11, 2016 at OSF St James John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac.

There will be a funeral for Brandon on Saturday April 16, 2016 at 10AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington.  There will be a visitation from 5-7 PM Friday April 15, 2016 at the Funeral Home.  Minister Keith Barclay and Pastor Brett Woernerwill officiate.  Interment will take place in Pike Township Cemetery in Chenoa at 12 PM on Saturday.

Brandon was born on August 4, 1986 in Aurora, Colorado to Bill and Dawn Dell Copes.  They survive and reside in Carterville, IL.   He is also survived by his fiancé Amber Baer of Eureka.  They were expecting the birth of their first son this summer.  His three siblings, Teal (John) Hunter of Tampa, FL, Scott Copes of Panama City, FL, and Chelsey (Darrel Vinson) Copes of Bloomington, as well as his maternal grandmother Juanita Dell of East Peoria.

Brandon was formerly a member of the Illinois National Guard and a veteran of the United States Army.  He graduated boot camp from Fort Leonard wood, Missouri, a member of the Chemical Weapons Battalion.  He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan and also an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan.  He most recently was employed by the Peoria Chiefs as a member of the grounds crew.  He attended Living Faith Fellowship Church in Eureka.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington at 1003 Martin Luther King Drive.  Bloomington, IL  61701

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Beverly Campbell

Beverly Campbell 1Beverly Campbell, 80, of Normal, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:07pm at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

Her memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington with Pastor Chad Sparks officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-6pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Covell Community Church, Covell, Illinois.

Beverly was born on September 26, 1935 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Logan A. and Dorothy Cordts Webb. She married Floyd Campbell on May 2, 1959 in Illinois. He preceded her on June 26, 1967.

Beverly is survived by her two children; Dennis (Becky) Campbell of Pelican Rapids, MN and Shawn (Greg) Ales of Pekin, IL, 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren with one on the way and 1 great-great grandchild along with her two sisters; Shelley Carroll of San Francisco, CA and Lynn (Jim) Booth of Truckee, CA.

Beverly is preceded by both her parents and two sons; Mark Campbell and Timmy Campbell.

She was a graduate of Bloomington High School and is a member of Covell Community Church. She worked as a book keeper for Hicks Gas retiring after 37 years.

Beverly enjoyed volunteering for the Bloomington Cardinal Youth Football Team. She loved reading, sewing, watching Cardinal Baseball and spending time with her family and friends.

She will be greatly missed by all of them.

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Irma L. Sands

Irma SandsIrma L. Sands, 95 of Normal died at 11:35 PM Sunday April 3, 2016 at McLean County Nursing Home in Normal.

There will be a funeral service for Irma on Saturday April 9, 2016 at 11 AM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Pastor Jim Smiley will officiate. There will be a visitation for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Roseville Township Cemetery in Roseville at 3:30 PM Saturday.

Irma was born December 22, 1920 in Monmouth to George W. and Phebe Houlton Braselton. She married Henry “Dale” Sands on November 21, 1942 in Bowling Green, MO. He preceded her in death on January 26, 1978 in Swan Creek, IL. She was also preceded in death by one son, William Sands, and two sisters, Mildred Howard and Dorothy Taylor.

She is survived by three children, Larry (Anita) Sands of Towanda, Joseph (Marie) Sands of Red Feather Lakes, CO and Anita (Bob) Liggett of Washougal, WA, five grandchildren, Eric (Jennifer) Sands, Aaron (Cari) Sands, Dana (Scott) Wazny, Nicole (Adam) Sheehan, Joseph Dale Sands, ten great-grandchildren, Matthew, Grace, Isaac, Faith, and Joy Sands, Sam and Willa Sands, Emma Pearl and Jacob Wazny, and Aidan Sheehan as well as one brother, Don (Maxine) Braselton of Roseville.

Irma was a graduate of Knox College where she earned a degree in Music Education. She taught and played piano all her life. She was a member of Swan Creek United Methodist Church and attended Park United Methodist Church in Bloomington. She played the organ for many years at both churches. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and loved to spend time with her family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Swan Creek United Methodist Church.

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William L. Lowe

WilliamLoweWilliam L. Lowe, 85 of Leroy died at 11:35 AM on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at Advocate BroMenn in Normal.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

He was born June 29, 1930 to William and Doris Hazel Lowe. He married Marilyn Sue Elpers on December 9, 1961 in Logansport, IN. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Doris (Kenny) James of Logansport, Larry (Susan) Lowe of Kokomo, IN, Lynn (Gary) Shelmadine of Leroy, Patty (Sam) Spriggs of Kokomo, Linda (John) Weed of Leroy, Brenda Lowe Leroy, Denita Lowe of Bloomington, Billy (Lisa) Lowe of Leroy, Kim (Jeff) Zumwalt of Leroy, Jeannie (Doug) Cade of Cape Coral, FL, one son in law, Mark Boyd of Bloomington, one sister Betty Underhill, thirty-two grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter Kelly Boyd.

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Elmo F. Gentes

ElmoGentesElmo F. Gentes, 90, died March 18, 2016 at his home in Bloomington, IL.

A funeral service is being held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington on Tuesday, March 22, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation an hour before at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Pastors Christine McNeal and Carl-Eric Gentes will officiate. Interment will be at the Chenoa Cemetery in Chenoa. Memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Capital Improvement Fund or Home Sweet Home Mission in Bloomington in lieu of flowers. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Elmo Frederick Gentes was born February 1, 1926 in Chenoa, IL to Calvin and Inez Brumm Gentes. At the age of 10, Elmo lost his only sibling, older brother George, in a car-train accident. His grandmother bought a vibraharp for him after this tragedy which he learned to play well and provided wedding music for many weddings in churches that did not have a keyboard instrument as well as recitals and entertainment at local club meetings and social events. He attended school in Chenoa graduating from Chenoa High School in 1944 where he enjoyed participating on the basketball team, sang in the chorus and played drums in the band. He attended Illinois State Normal University and graduated in 1948 with a major in Business Education and a minor in Music Education.

In June of 1947, Elmo met Joan Heins one morning on the Bloomington City Bus and proposed in November of that year. They were married on July 24, 1948 after he graduated from ISNU and before he took his first job as a school teacher in Leroy, IL teaching bookkeeping, general business, chorus, band, and Driver Education. In 1950, he moved on to teach music and serve as high school principal at LaRose, IL. He had spent two summers attending the University of Illinois pursuing a Master of Science in Educational Administration which he completed in 1950.

In 1952, Elmo entered the College Trainee program in Management Development at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. He had been a part-time State Farm agent in his uncle John Heins’ agency in Chenoa from 1945-1951. He worked full-time for State Farm from 1952 until his retirement in 1985. His position at that time was Assistant Vice-President – Service and Systems. One of his proudest moments was being tapped to formulate the new Monthly Pay Plan in 1963-64 in collaboration with Bob Bischoff and President Edward Rust, Sr. He introduced the payment plan company-wide over several years traveling coast to coast to all of the regional offices to instruct the agents in the use of this new marketing tool.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington for 62 years beginning in 1954. He served in many leadership roles to include treasurer and trustee, as well as with the stewardship and building campaigns as the congregation grew and ministries prospered.

Elmo served as State Treasurer of the Illinois Junior Chamber of Conference from 1958-60, Board of Directors of Lutheran Welfare Services of Illinois (now Lutheran Social Services of Illinois) from 1970-78, Administrative Management Society Board of Directors, 1977-79, and Westminster Village, Inc. founding President and Board Member, 1980-1986. During his presidency, the residential center of the village reached 90% occupancy and the health center reached and maintained optimum occupancy. Under Elmo’s leadership, the Village completed significant improvements in buildings, equipment and grounds and achieved financial stability.

Elmo was a 67 year 32nd degree Mason in the Bloomington Scottish Rite and served in the Novat Unit of the Mohammed Shrine of Peoria for many years.

Elmo thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf. He was an excellent Bridge player and loved to play virtually any card game anyone was ready to play. He also was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan his entire life.

Elmo is survived by his wife of 67 years Joan, their children George (Kathleen) Gentes, Schaumburg, IL, Gerald (Gretchen Snow) Gentes, Bloomington, and Ruth Ann (Carl-Michal) Krawczyk, Green Valley, AZ; four grandsons, Aaron Gentes, Schaumburg, IL, Carl-Eric (Rachel) Gentes, Rochester, MN, Joel (Alison Meier) Gentes, San Francisco, CA, and Jeffrey (Emily) Gentes, Glendale Heights, IL. and three great grandchildren, Mae and Jude Gentes, and Rhodes Gentes.

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Margaret “Maggie” Marie Shelton

MargaretSheltonMargaret “Maggie” Marie Shelton, 87, of Bloomington passed away at 11:45 p.m. Friday (Feb. 26, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington; the Rev. David Rumley will officiate. Burial will follow in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The family suggests memorials be made to the First Assembly of God Church, Normal, and Home Sweet Home Ministries.

Maggie was born April 30, 1928, in Bloomington, the daughter of Ernest and Linda Mae Ellis Gillenwater. Her marriage to Edward Shelton of Bloomington, whom she adored without restraint, was a blessed and lasting partnership of over 70 years. She was created by God to be a loving wife and mother and she followed this divine calling until the very end. Among the many joys of her fruitful and fulfilling life were her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was a loving mother to all. Among tragedies, the loss of her eldest son, Steven Shelton of Emington, in 2003, was her most profound.

Survivors include her devoted husband, Edward Shelton, Bloomington; three children, Sandra (Richard) Barth, Morton; Gary (Linda) Shelton, Bloomington; and Bradley Shelton, Bloomington; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Morton, Bloomington; and her daughter in-law, Sheila Shelton, Emington.

Maggie was a willing servant and joyful giver. As a longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church, Normal, her abundant dedication to her faith community was well known and celebrated. As we are called to a purpose, so she was called to serve. Her service to God, family and friends was without equal. Her loving influence will not be forgotten by those many she touched, and she will be greatly missed on this earth.

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Eva Grace Lovell

Eva Lovell obitEva Grace Lovell, 85 of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 3:30pm at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal, IL.

Eva’s service will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:00am at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington with Rev. Kevin Summers officiating. Following the service burial will be held at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 5-7pm at the funeral home and also on Thursday from 10:30-11:00am.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Home Sweet Home Mission or to Crosspointe Church of God.

Eva was born on June 29, 1930 in Bloomington, Illinois the daughter of Harry and Eva G. Phillips Barnes. She married Carl B. Lovell on February 15, 1947 in Bloomington. He preceded her on December 21, 2007.

Eva is survived by her children; David (Rea) Lovell of Shorewood, IL, Carol (Bob) Simpson of Bloomington, Stephen C. Lovell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kristie (Art) Feldman of Bloomington, and a daughter-in-law; Janet Lovell of Bloomington, 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 3 great great-grandchildren, her brother; Harry Barnes of Bloomington and her sister; Mary Dearing of Indianapolis, IN.

She is preceded by her parents, her son; Robert Lovell, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Eva worked at the McLean County Law and Justice Center as a Bailiff, Court Clerk and Election Judge. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Red Hat Society and Legal Secretaries Organization.

Eva was an avid Cubs fan, she loved to read and spending time with her family. She will be missed deeply by all of them.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses and staff at the McLean County Nursing home especially June and Michael.

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